Biography of John Bowring
Sir John Bowring, KCB (17 October 1792 – 23 November 1872) was an English political economist, traveller, miscellaneous writer, polyglot, and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong.
John Bowring's Works:
* Specimens of the Russian Poets (1821–1823)
* Peter Schlemihl, a German Story (Translation, 1824)
* Batavian Anthology (1824)
* Ancient Poetry and Romances of Spain (1824)
* Hymns (Privately published, 1825) This includes the hymns In the cross of Christ I Glory, and Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night, both still used in many churches.
* Specimens of the Polish Poets (1827)
* Serbian Popular Poetry (1827)
* Poetry of the Magyars (1830)
* Cheskian Anthology (1832)
* Bentham's Deontology (Editor, 1834). Volume I, Volume II
* Minor Morals (1834)
* Manuscript of the Queen's Court (1843)
* The Decimal System in Numbers, Coins and Accounts (1854)
* The Kingdom and People of Siam (1857)
* Translations from Hungarian poet Alexander Petofi (1866)
* Various other pamphlets
John Bowring Poems
Lord! I believe
Lord! I believe: but if a doubt Should shake my weak and wand'ring soul, Let Reason drive the intruder out,
Death! where is thy Sting?
Where is thy sting, O Death! Grave! where thy victory? The clod may sleep in dust beneath, The spirit will be free!
Keep the unity of spirit, Keep it in the bonds of peace, So alone shall we inherit Hope, and truth, and blessedness.
To a Mother on the Death of a Child
'Like morning dew He sparkled; was exhaled, and went to heaven;' That promise for the innocent was given, And is divinely true.
Now tell me what is chivalry? To battle in the foremost fight For anything-for wrong-for right, For some fair lady's scornful smile,
If the hours of life are fleeting, Let those hours be well employed! Working, resting, parting, meeting, Life was given to be enjoyed.
We walk by Faith, and not by Sight
We walk by faith, and not by sight; And if we ever go astray, Do Thou, O Lord! conduct us right, And lead us in our onward way.
Where'er the foot of man hath trod, He feels the presence of a God: Around, above, beneath,-where'er His thought can reach, a God is there.
Life fleeting and vain
On! on! our moments hurry by Like shadows of a passing cloud, Till general darkness wraps the sky, And man sleeps senseless in his shroud.
Confidence in God
Await not with dismay To-morrow's threatening things;
Come, Ye Blessed of My Father
'Come, ye blessed of my Father, Enter in your place of rest, Round the throne of mercy gather'- Thus shall Jesus hail the blest,
Whether living or dying, we are Thine
To Thee alone we live, To Thee alone we die; Do Thou, O Lord! Thy spirit give, Both life and death to sanctify.
Thy Kingdom Come
Come Thy kingdom! of all blessings, Of all prayers the first is this; All heaven's hopes,-all earth's possessings,
his Mortal shall put on Immortality
When shall mortal man be crowned, Crowned with immortality? Shadows here our path surround; Nothing is reality.
Father, glorify Thy Name
'Father! glorify Thy name,'
Whatsoe'er our portion be;
Wheresoever led by Thee,
If to glory-if to shame-
'Father! glorify Thy name.'
Let Thy name be glorified!
If in doubt and darkness lost,